Orrick accused of wrecking Coudert Bros

December 16, 2010 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has been accused of delivering the ‘fatal blow’ to rival law firm Coudert Brothers, five years after the latter firm announced its dissolution.

A court-appointed administrator overseeing the liquidation plan for Coudert claims that Orrick interfered with Coudert's business and aided and abetted in partners' breach of their fiduciary duty by poaching Coudert partners while simultaneously holding merger talks with the firm.

Orrick in a statement said that it "at all times acted properly in hiring Coudert attorneys who voluntarily chose to leave their former firm and affiliate with Orrick." The firm said it "will respond more specifically" to the complaint in court.

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